Charlie Mom Chinese restaurant has been in the Village since 1983. This coming Wednesday, August 26, will be its last day.
Why is it closing? I called to ask. "Rent going too high."
photo via Mitch Broder's NY
In 2011, Eater paid a visit to Charlie Mom.
"It's the sort of Chinese restaurant that was once seen in abundance in
New York," wrote Robert Simonson, "the kind that makes cocktails and offers choices from Column A
and Column B, and a Peking Duck meal for $19.95."
He continued, "Who comes here? I asked my waiter. 'Old man. Old woman,' he said with halting English and stunning frankness. I looked around. My eyes confirmed his blunt assessment. Nearly everyone was old. Very old. They talked of ailments and pensions."
photo: Daniel Krieger, via Eater
So another place that caters to older folks is getting the boot. Once again, it's not a lack of business. It's not because "people" don't eat Chinese food anymore. It's the rent. It's the rent. It's the rent.
Have a last meal at Charlie Mom between now and Wednesday at 464 6th Avenue near 11th Street. And if you want to the city to put a stop to these insane rent increases, join #SaveNYC and support the Small Business Jobs Survival Act.